GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - At 0.24 per cent, Assam�s COVID-19 mortality rate continues to be the lowest in India. Kerala (0.33) comes next, followed by Tripura.
Till Sunday, 105 COVID-19 patients have died in the State, with the Death Audit Board attributing the underlying cause of the deaths to the infection.
Four patients succumbed to their infections on Sunday � Mridula Ghosh (54) of Karimganj, Tilak Chandra Das (50) of Kamrup Metro, Santa Sarkar (62) of Tinsukia and Samir Phukan (52) of Jorhat.
The State�s recovery rate (75 per cent) is the 4th best in the country, after Delhi (89 per cent), Haryana (81 per cent) and Tamil Nadu (76 per cent). Assam has conducted 27,544 tests per million population, which is the 5th best in India.
�We work for a larger goal of humanity and not for a model. Our commitment to fighting the pandemic is robust,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Meanwhile, 1,178 positive cases, including 268 in Kamrup (Metro), were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the total COVID-19 tally in the State to 42,904.
In an order, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna on Sunday announced some lockdown relaxations which will remain effective till August 14. Malls and gymnasiums are allowed to operate between Monday and Friday on the same side of the street on which other shops are allowed in Kamrup Metropolitan district and both sides in all other districts.
Restaurants and other hospitality services are allowed to function on all days except Saturday and Sunday, with maintenance of COVID-19 protocol of social distancing.
Hotels are allowed to operate with strict maintenance of COVID-19 protocol.
Inter-district movement of people is allowed on Monday and Tuesday only. No separate permission will be required for inter-district movement.
All Central and State government offices, including banks, insurance companies, NBFCs, etc., can operate with 100 per cent attendance, except pregnant women. Point-to-point buses will be operated for the staff.
Non-contact sports in open space with social distancing will be allowed. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places of public gathering will remain closed. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, religious functions and other large congregations will remain closed. Movement of individuals will remain strictly prohibited between 6 pm and 6 am.
No movement of individuals shall be allowed on Saturday and Sunday at any time all over the State. �Persons above 65 years of age and children below the age of 10 are advised to stay indoors except for unavoidable health reasons. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces and during transport. Violation will attract a fine of Rs 1,000 for the first offence,� the order stated.